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Handmaid's Tale

Here is What I'd Like to Tell by Oxymoron

'What sets Jezebel’s apart is the subtlety of its cruelty. (Everything that seems to be a blessing at first sight turns out to be another form of control, violation, appropriation, or insult.)' Oxymoron unpacks a couple of sentences in the novel to give a powerful version of Moira's future. The speculation as to what life as a prostitute might be like in Gilead feels spot on

[Added 28/01/2011; Drama; 1000-2500; Handmaid's Tale]

Sisters of Bilhah by Kel

'...I always, always get the greenest of greenies. I should have known. Can't touch a pen, afraid to sit in a chair, not even a proper haircut yet. I'm lucky she didn't write her prisoner's patronymic for her name.' A disturbing look at what the future might hold outside Gilead through the eyes of a realistic original character. Kel's take on the book is novel enough to feel like original sf, yet firmly linked to Atwood's universe. Wonderful

[Added 01/02/2011; Drama; 6000-20,000; Handmaid's Tale]

Vessel of Hope by Miss M

'I always use my gentlest voice when I teach.' Complex portrait of Aunt Lydia, which adds depth to the character without softening her

[Added 15/02/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Handmaid's Tale]